Herbed Bean Soup

Prep Time

30 minutes

Prep Notes

Bean Prep:

Measure out beans and soak overnight in a bowl of water.  Strain and rinse before use.

Bone Broth

Bone broth is one of the easiest things to make. Just use a crock pot or the stove.  Go to your local farmer’s market and look for someone who sells grass-fed animal bones.  You can also make bone broth out of a whole chicken although it’s ideal to buy the chicken neck, back, or feet because those parts are highest in collagen.  Chicken and beef broth are both beneficial but chicken is higher in collagen, beef is higher in minerals.
Take the animal parts and put in a crock pot set on high and add 4-6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and enough water to submerge the animal parts. Simmer chicken for up to 24 hours and beef for up to 48 hours.
First set it to high for 4 hours then down to the longest setting so it goes for another 20-44 hours.
Remove bones, strain and use for soup or freeze for later.

Adapted from Dr. Axe Recipes

Cooking Time

1 hour


8 servings


  • 1 cup 13 Bean Soup Mix from Bob's Red Mill; soaked and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup of red lentils
  • 1/3 cup of well-rinsed quinoa
  • 8 cups low sodium or no-salt-added vegetable broth, chicken broth or even better homemade Bone Broth
  • 1 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt-free poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup bite-sized pieces white or sweet potato
  • 4 packed cups baby kale or spinach
  • 1 cup of chicken pieces from bone broth and 1/2 cup of diced nitrate-free ham

  • Directions

    Combine beans, lentils, quinoa, broth, chicken, ham, water, garlic, sage, basil, thyme, and poultry seasoning. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so the beans don't stick to the bottom of the pot.

    Add onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes. Cover and simmer for another 30 minutes.

    Add additional water or broth as needed to adjust soup thickness. 
    Add baby kale or spinach and stir to wilt.


    For vegan or vegetarian diets, eliminate meat or meat-based broth.


    Adapted from Dr. Fuhrman Recipes